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Special, Youth & Paraplegic Hunting Opportunities

Hunting Regulations Icon Rhode Island Hunting

Youth Hunting Opportunities




Youth Deer Archery

Zone 1

September 9 – 10

Zone 2

September 23 – 24

Zone 3

October 28 – 29

Youth Deer Muzzleloader

Zones 1 & 2

October 28 – 29

Youth Waterfowl


October 28 – 29

Youth Pheasant

Great Swamp WMA, South Kingstown

Durfee Hill WMA, Glocester

Eight Rod Farm WMA, Tiverton

October 14 – 15

Youth Turkey


April 21 – 22, 2018

  • All youth hunters ages 12 to 14 must be in possession of a resident or non-resident junior hunting license in order to hunt in R.I. Youth hunters age 15 must possess a resident or non-resident hunting license. Licenses can be purchased after the completion of a Hunter Safety course.
  • Youth hunters age 12 – 14 must hunt in the immediate company of an adult, 21 years of age or older, holding a valid R.I. hunting/archery license. Hunters age 15 do not have to hunt in the immediate company of a licensed adult EXCEPT when waterfowl hunting during the youth waterfowl hunt when all youth hunters ages 12 – 15 must hunt in the immediate company of a licensed adult.
  • An adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters at any one time. Adults are prohibited from hunting or carrying archery equipment/firearms during the youth-only hunting days.
  • All other hunting permit requirements and hunting regulations per season remain.
  • For more information on hunting, contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife at 401-789-0281 or by emailing
  • For more information about youth hunting opportunities or our Hunter Education program, call 401-539-0019 or email

Youth Deer Hunting: Dates vary depending on Season and Zone. All other regulations and permit requirements apply. Please see deer hunting information.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting: Youth hunters may take ducks, sea ducks and geese following daily bag and possession limits for the regular seasons. All youth hunters (12 – 15) and those adults accompanying youth hunters must have a current HIP Permit and R.I. hunting license. The accompanying adult must also possess a current RI State Waterfowl Stamp and Federal Duck Stamp.

Youth Pheasant Hunting: Youth Pheasant Hunt to be held on October 14 – 15 at Great Swamp, Durfee Hill and Eight Rod Farm Wildlife Management Areas. Preregistration is required. To register or for more information please email or call 401-539-0019.

Youth Turkey Hunting: Youth hunters may take one (1) bearded turkey during the spring season statewide. All stipulations, permit requirements, and pertinent regulations apply. Accompanying adult may assist the youth hunter in calling the bird. No preregistration is required. For more information please contact our hunter education office by emailing or by calling 401-539-0019.

Disabled Hunting Opportunities




Special Deer Season for Disabled Hunters

Zone 3

October 24 – 27

Paraplegic Hunter Turkey Season


April 21 – 22, 2018

  • Prudence-Patience Islands (Zone 3) Special Deer Season for Disabled Hunters. The taking of deer will be limited to paraplegic and double amputee hunters only.
  • A special hunting permit must be obtained through the RI DEM Office of Boat Registration and Licensing Division, 235 Promenade St. Providence, RI 02908 (401) 222-3576 by each applicant prior to the hunt. None will be issued on the island. An application signed by a physician for a first-time hunter, or a photocopy of a previous paraplegic/double amputee hunting license, is required.
  • None of the hunter’s assistants will be allowed to hunt or carry loaded firearms at any time. No license is required of the assistants.
  • All deer taken must be checked as provided.
  • All deer wounded, but not recovered, must be reported to DEM within 24 hours.
  • Ammunition is limited to a single lead or alloy projectile, rifled slug or sabot rounds in 10, 12, 16, or 20 gauge only. Buckshot is prohibited. Hunters may use muzzleloading firearms on Prudence Island.

Paraplegic Hunter Turkey Season: A special turkey permit must be obtained from RIDEM, Office of Boat Registration & Licensing (401-222-3576). An application signed by a physician for first-time hunters is required.